John H. Brown

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John Howard Brown, 85, of Uniontown, died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at home, of natural causes.

Born Jan. 6, 1929, in Baltimore, he was the son of the late Joseph Howard and Mary Viola Brown. He was the husband of the late Helen Brown.

He served in the Army as a private first class Regular Army Military Police in Korea from 1947 until 1949. He then followed in the footsteps of his father and brother and joined the Baltimore City Police Department in 1952. In 1966, he was promoted to sergeant in the Baltimore City Mounted Police Unit in the traffic division.

During his years of service, he was awarded eight commendations by the Baltimore City Police Commissioner for valor and outstanding police work, as well as two bronze stars from the Baltimore City Police Department for police action involving the use of firearms. In 1977 he retired from the Baltimore City Police Department and opened John Brown's Deli on Main Street in Westminster, which he owned and operated until 1980.

From 1980 until 1985, he operated Carroll Security, a private security agency. From 1985 until 1990, he worked as a state investigator for the Carroll County Office of the Public Defender.

In 1990, he ran for and won the position of sheriff of Carroll County. In 1994, he ran for re-election and won.

He enjoyed history, genealogy, big band music, old movies and the restoration of his historic home in Uniontown.

Surviving are sons Stephen H. Brown and wife Wanda, of Littlestown, Pa., and Michael D. Brown, of Baltimore; daughters Kathleen Haines Martin and husband Brian, of Hanover, Md., Mary Lang, of Abingdon, and Sarah Heflin, of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a brother, Paul S. Brown, of Malta; grandchildren Alexander Haines, of Hanover, Md., Kaitlyn and Andrew Calderone, of Abingdon, Lily Brown and Micah Heflin, of Lawrenceville, and Kimberly Becker, of Pennsylvania; a great-granddaughter, Breeana Becker, of Pennsylvania; and friends Nikki Kane and Bob Bankard, as well as countless others.

He was predeceased by a sister, Catherine Shirley Brown; a brother, Joseph Carlisle Brown; and former wives Doris Brown and Frances R. Brown.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. today, Thursday and Friday at Pritts Funeral Home & Chapel, 412 Washington Road, Westminster.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. Interment will be in Uniontown Cemetery.

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Pritts Funeral Home
412 Washington Road
Westminster, MD 21157
Published in Carroll County Times on Jan. 15, 2014
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